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Homemade vanilla extract with a red and white ribbon

Homemade Vanilla Extract

An easy recipe to make your own vanilla extract! Don't forget these need to sit for at least 8 weeks, so get started now!
Prep Time 10 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Dessert, Ingredient
Servings 4 bottles


  • 12 vanilla bean pods
  • 16 ounces vodka
  • 4 glass bottles with lids 4 oz. each


  • Clean and dry your glass bottles.
  • Cut your vanilla bean pods in half to expose the vanilla bean seeds. Make sure the vanilla beans are short enough to fit into your bottle (cut if needed!)
  • Add the beans to the bottles (3 beans for each 4 oz. bottle) and pour in vodka to cover and fill.
  • Close each bottle and give a good shake! Store in a cool, dry place, shaking once per week. They're ready to enjoy after 8 weeks, but you can always let sit longer!
Keyword vanilla, vanilla extract